Your Throat Timeline

  • 1 - 3 days

    Sore throats are common and not usually serious. Most people will have at least two or three every year.  Children and teenagers are more likely to get sore throats than adults. Most sore throats will clear up within three to seven days without the need for medical treatment.  After a week, nearly 9 in 10 people will be well again.

    Over-the-counter painkillers can usually relieve the symptoms of a sore throat. While it may sound obvious, try to avoid hot food or drink as this could irritate your throat. Eat cool, soft food and drink cool or warm (not hot) liquids. Adults and older children can suck lozenges, hard sweets, ice cubes or ice lollies.

  • 3 - 7 days

    At this stage, most people will be feeling better. However, if your throat is still sore, continue to take over-the-counter painkillers and avoid food and drink that could irritate your throat. You can continue to use lozenges, hard sweets, ice cubes or ice lollies to ease the symptoms.

  • 14 days

    If you still have a sore throat after two weeks, you should see your doctor.